Pianist Claire Black performs two solo recitals in July.

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Thursday June 25, 2015

Claire Black, a classically trained pianist, performs two solo recitals this July. The concerts in celebration of summer feature sprightly dances by Debussy, Granados, and Bartok; ballades of Debussy and Chopin; and four of the jazzy Seven Virtuoso Etudes based on George Gershwin songs, by Earl Wild.

Trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Black describes what she loves about being a pianist, “I find such satisfaction in fine-tuning my body to create the ‘right’ sound, not sound just for its own sake, but for what it represents. Great, meaningful music expresses the joys and sorrows, and everything in between, of the human experience. Sharing that with an audience is absolutely transcendental.”

Black, who performs frequently on a professional level, is happy to report that music takes up most of her time. She also accompanies the Burlington Choral Society and various soloists, and has many private piano students as well. She says classical music is her major domain, adding, “I enjoy solo works so much, but chamber music with strings is my greatest love. My best performances have happened in this setting. When everybody gets in the zone, and really trusts each other, magical things happen on stage as we merge and layer our sounds.”

Black, a resident of South Burlington for two and half years, notes she moved to Vermont, “for its mountains, unique culture, and promising music scene.” When not performing or teaching, her spare time is spent gardening, hiking, camping, and attending concerts.

Claire Black Piano Recitals: July 10, 2015, 7 p.m. Richmond Free Library, Richmond and July 11, 2015, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul Street, Burlington. Concerts are free and open to the public.